Pramila Jayapal, U.S. Representative for Washington

Pramila Jayapal

U.S. Representative for Washington

Pramila Jayapal was born in September 1965  In Chennai, India. She spent her childhood in Indonesia and Singapore, immigrating to the U.S. at age 16 to attend college. She earned an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University. She worked as a financial analyst and on development projects from Chicago to Thailand. 

She founded an advocacy group for immigration reform and immigrants. She served two years in the Washington Senate before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, assuming office in January 2017. 

Jayapal is married to Steven Williamson, and she has a child from a previous marriage. She also has a stepson. Born into a Hindu family, she claims no particular faith. 

In the News…

When President Biden was at the Capitol before leaving for Europe in an effort to promote his domestic agenda, Pramila Jayapal, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said she would give both the infrastructure and Build Back Better bills a green light, but with conditions. She indicated that progressives would eventually vote for both packages, but would first need to review the details. 

She indicated that some members would not vote for the infrastructure bill. Progressives have said for months they would back the infrastructure bill only after they have voted on the social policy bill, showing no signs of yielding on that position. 

“There are too many no votes for the vote to pass,” she said. “We do need the text and we do need the vote on both bills in the House at the same time.” 

The “framework” for a revised social spending bill is in place, but the details are not.  

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Jayapal today? You can let her know at:

The Honorable Pramila Jayapal 
Representative for Washington 
2346 Rayburn House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 


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